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Renaissance Solos for Mandolin by John Holenko. For Mandolin. Saddle-stitched, Solos. Early Music/Renaissance. Beginning-Intermediate. Book. 64 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.98222).
ISBN 9780786651207. Early Music/Renaissance. 8.5 x 11 inches.
Most of the music in this book comes from editions or manuscripts from England in the late 1500's. There are also a few French pieces. The cittern was popular in Italy, England and France. Aside from various tunings, there were two main kinds of instruments being played during the 16th and 17th centuries: the 4 course (four sets of doubled strings), and the 6 course cittern with several editions of music to go along with both. The pieces I have chosen for this book were all written for the 4 course instrument and fall into three main categories: dance music, song arrangements and free pieces. The free pieces are basically preludes that explore the melodic range of the instrument. As the title suggests these pieces can be played very freely and need not have a very strict tempo. The dance pieces are not really meant to be danced to, but rather take their form and rhythm from the popular court dances of the time. These can be played with a wide range of overall tempo, but once a tempo is chosen, should be strictly adhered to. The song arrangements are settings of popular songs of the time as well as more formal vocal settings. Care should be taken in making the melody clear and singing. Since the range of the cittern and mandolin are the same, John Holenko has kept the melodies intact. Because of the difference in tuning however, the voicing of the harmonies have been changed so as to fit on the mandolin.
- A French Toy Performed by Anthony Holborne
- A Horne Pype Performed by Anthony Holborne
- A Jyg Performed by Anthony Holborne
- A Psalm Performed by Thomas Robinson
- Bonny Sweet Robin Performed by Anthony Holborne
- Branle de Bourgogne II Performed by Adrien Le Roy
- For Two Citterns Performed by Thomas Robinson
- Gaiarde La Royne d Escosse Performed by Hortulus Cytharae
- Galliard Performed by Richard Allison
- Galliard Passemezo Performed by Anthony Holborne
- Galliard to the Pavane Passamezo Performed by Anthony Holborne
- Go From My Window Performed by Anthony Holborne
- I Lift My Heart To Thee Performed by Thomas Robinson
- Kemp's Jig
- Maister Earles Pavane Performed by Anthony Holborne
- Old Hunt is Up
- Passing Measures Galliard Performed by Anthony Holborne
- Pavane Performed by Anthony Holborne
- Pavane Passemezo Performed by Anthony Holborne
- Prelude 1 Performed by Anthony Holborne
- Prelude Ii Performed by Anthony Holborne
- Prelude Iii Performed by Anthony Holborne
- Prelude IV Performed by Anthony Holborne
- Pretty Nancy
- Sick Sick and Very sick Performed by Thomas Robinson
- The Frogge Performed by Thomas Robinson
- The Miller Performed by Anthony Holborne
- The Voyce Performed by Anthony Holborne
- What You Will Performed by Anthony Holborne
- Wilson's Wilde
Renaissance Solos for Mandolin
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Instrument: Mandolin Sheet Music
Format: Collection / Songbook